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dedicated stature statue of rosa parks in the u.s. capital. the first african-american to be honored that way. congress authorized the statue in 2005 shortly after she died. we will show you that ceremony in a few moments after a short talk with the statue sculptor. >> host: rosa parks civil rights leader and activist will be commemorated in a statute that will be unveiled today in the capital. here now to tell us more about the sculpture in the process is eugene delp. good morning and thanks for talking to us. tell us how you are selected to create this piece. the sculpture of rosa parks. >> i'm sorry ,-com,-com ma repeat that. >> host: how were your firm selected to create the structure? >> guest: it was decided by the nah or the nea, i'm sorry and it was a national competition. i believe there were over 150 entries and then it was narrowed down to five finalists. those five finalists competed and that is how we ended up getting it. >> host: this will be in statuary hall in the capitol building paradigm reading from the l.a. times and it says the first full-size statue of an africa
. one of the ways in which i try to explain this is rosa parks made martin luther king possible. martin luther king didn't make rosa parks possible. if she hadn't done what she did by refusing to give a per seat on the montgomery bus martin luther king would have simply been an articulate, well meaning baptist minister. it's because of rosa parks that we are talking about him today. he -- she opened up the possibility for him to display those qualities that he had and to rise to the occasion. >> host: she also said as you well know that while she was sitting on that bus refusing to give seat she was thinking about emmett till begun 14-year-old black boy from chicago who went to mississippi in 1955 and because he looked at a white woman he was brutally murdered. do you think his death changed or sparked anything in the civil rights movement? >> guest: a lot of things did. it was his death and brown versus board of education decision. it was the killing of civil rights workers. it was people like barbara jones, a young high school student who led a walkout at the segregated school protest
is a fraud. separate but equal is the language that tries to push rosa parks to the back of the bus. separate but equal is the motive that determines that black and white people could not possibly drink from the same water fountain to meet at the same table, or use the same toilet. separate but equal is the words that justifies spending -- sending children to different schools that would bail them ann them to a life of poverty. is an excerpt from the segregationist and the racist. it is this same statement, the same ideas, and the same delusion that we borrowed in this country to say that women could vote, but only if they were married and only when they were over 30. it is the same meditate that gave wait for my dad being a citizen when he arrived here in 1956 but refused by landlords and proclaimed no rights, no irish, though -- entrance to we were, who our friends could be and what our lives to become. this is not separate but equal. it is separate and discriminated , separate and repressed, separate and browbeaten, separate and subjugated. separate is not equal. so let's be rid of it. as
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